Lionel’s Choice – Game of the week – Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

If there is ever a Metal Gear Solid live action movie, Hugh Jackman should play as Big Boss and/or Solid Snake.
If there is ever a Metal Gear Solid live action movie, Hugh Jackman should play as Big Boss and/or Solid Snake.

Lionel here bringing something a little newer than my fellow colleagues here at The Infection for my game of the week. Everyone knows about Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, it received many awards including game of the year by many and if you have awards it usually means the game is good as is, right? WRONG! Hideo Kojima can make the best even better. Like Cronus’ game of the week Kingdom Hearts II; Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater are also victims to the re-release with extras, but unlike Kingdom Hearts II these games are available at a game retailer near you. To those of you who do not know the Metal Gear franchise let me give you a quick tour. There is an epic soldier known as Solid Snake who has a reputation for taking down oversized bipedal nuclear tanks. Solid Snake was cloned from an even more uber super soldier, Big Boss (jizz in your pants at the awesomeness of that name), who he has killed numerous times, and is a reoccurring plot hole in the franchise. There is also a lot of Cold War politics involved. This is where Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater comes in. So you are Big Boss, just not formally in Big Boss fashion yet. You are in late 1960’s Russia with beautiful scenery and awesome gameplay and you get to destroy a rebel Russian Extremist group hell bent on destroying the U.S. who just happens to have a nuclear missile launching tank at their disposal. By the end of the game you find out who the man is behind the name Big Boss.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is a re-release of Snake Eater with some new features added in.

  • New Flexible Camera

Instead of the old overhead camera angle, Hideo Kojima went for something new, over the shoulder. Purists faint, FPS gamers jump for joy.  A change that I personally like and makes the game feel more intuitive.

  • Metal Gear Online

Have you had enough of the A.I.? Have you beaten the game on extreme? Do you think you are Big Boss? Well take your skills online with the rest of the pack who answered yes to these questions like you and see if you are truly worthy of the title. I mean the name says it all Metal Gear, online. Need I say more?

  • Snake vs Monkey

That sounds wrong. But it’s a fun mini game to play if you feel like killing monkeys.

  • Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

That’s right folks you get to play the two ORIGINAL Metal Gear games you get to see how Solid Snake starts to build his own legend, by killing Big Boss, twice.

So this is my pick of the week, enjoy this and relish the fact that YOU get the chance to play as THE BIG BOSS. Enjoy that epic final battle between Big Boss and his mentor. “Good! Now we can fight as warriors! Hand to hand! It is the basis of all combat! Only a fool trusts his life to a weapon!” Bonus points to the person who can comment where that is from and who said it.

Lets go shopping…with Poison!

Here at The Infection we all work very hard to make sure that we have something for you, the good people, to enjoy every month and we constantly need to communicate with each other in order to come up with the ideas we use to enrich, enlighten and entertain you all. One major part of our operations is being able to be contacted at anywhere and anytime thus why we all need cell phones.

Nowadays nearly every last person you know has a cellular phone and if they don’t you usually tell them that they need one. From the small child down the street to grandpa, everybody has a cell phone.  The sad thing about cell phones is that every few months there’s a new phone out on the market that will render your cell phone, which was hot and trendy when you bought it, obsolete. These new cell phones come out with features that will simply amaze you and make life so obscenely convenient it’s disgusting…so then you realize that you need to upgrade your phone. This is what our comrade Poison has realized, he needs to upgrade to keep up with the rest of the world.

So for today’s post  you the people and the rest of us at The Infection are  going to help Poison choose a brand new cell phone! Previously, Poison was equipped with the Blackberry Curve smart phone. Alas, an unfortunate accident rendered his phone unusable and since then he has been borrowing Spectrum’s Palm Treo. Now Poison has the choice of simply going out and buying another Blackberry Curve, which is quite a decent cell phone, or he can look into other options which we’ll be discussing today.

1) T-Mobile Sidekick

The Sidekick is a cell phone that Poison has reportedly had his eye on for some time now. It boasts a full keyboard and a rather sleek look. You might all remember this phone well for being endorsed by a few celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Paris Hilton. The downside to this cool ass phone is that it’s expensive as hell and since it’s only available to T-Mobile subscribers it means that you have to live in the States to get it or you have to go down there and get it unlocked if you’re living somewhere else. It’s also somewhat cumbersome to carry around whereas other cell phones that boast similar features for a cheaper price are alot smaller and easy to carry. Alas, the phone does carry a hefty price tag but you are guaranteed to get one of the best phones on the market.

2) Blackberry Smartphone

Previously, as mentioned before, Poison had a Blackberry Curve that got destroyed. This was a very good phone and it served his purposes well. Unlike the T-Mobile Sidekick, this phone was available to him domestically and if he had the Blackberry data plan, he would have access to many other services available to Blackberry users. like the Sidekick it allows for full internet browsing which would allow him to update us here at The Infection more often. All of these phones also have the full keyboard available which is a must for Poison.

3) Apple iPhone

This phone has more application on it than a Swiss army knife. Also it’s easily hacked to allow for many more features that don’t come as stock on this phone that doubles as a really great MP3 player. This phone offers constant entertainment with very much functionality which is something that a man who travels like Poison is in need of. Alas, this phone carries quite the price tag now…like the rest of Apple’s products.  The fact remains that it is one of the most popular phones to buy right now and it’s also available to Poison domestically which is a plus.

All in all, these are the phones that our friend Poison has had his eye on and now he needs your help to decide which he will get.  So what you all have to do is make a vote now, either that or if you don’t like any of the phones he wants then leave a comment and tell us which phone you think he should get instead.  Fact is that you guys need to entertain us with your votes and comments!

Poison’s pick- Game of the week: Flower

Alright people, so I know that alot of you who follow us at The Infection aren’t hardcore gamers. Thus why, unlike the major websites who offer reviews of the hottest new games on the market and tell you to buy them, we’re more focused on getting titles that dont get enough recognition out into the open. Now I’ll let you all know that i’m into games that offer a unique and artistic feel to it, the story has to be told and conveyed in such a way that it grabs me while keeping me entertained with good gameplay.

Having said all that I know that my comrades here at The Infection will look at me funny for this pick as my game of the week but… for my first game of the week I’ll be talking about a very unique title I got a chance to try out this week for the Playstation 3 called ‘Flower‘.  If you look at the trailer it doesn’t tell you much about the game but I can tell you that it’s so bloody visually appealing on an HD TV. This is one of those games where I recommend you never play while under the influence of drugs because you will TRIP THE FUCK OUT. Seriously…dont do drugs and play this game.

So in this acid trip of a game you control the wind using the Sony Sixaxis wireless controller and my god do they utilize the controller well in this game. It took me a while to get used to the fact that i’m not using the analog stick to move the petal around in the wind but it was an expereince worth my time. I simply fell in love with the vibrant colours and the relaxing music that just makes you feel so at peace playing.

Your objective in this game is to guide a flower petal around the game map and gather up as many other flower petals as you can along the way in order to create an explosion of colour on screen. To you hardcore gamers out there this might not seem like much but goddamn it is a unique experience.  Another unique characteristic of the game is that there is no dialogue, the story is told through the flowers and the use of symbolism. This game is a simply poetic experience.

If you ever do wish to get this game it’s not available at stores  for sale but it is a Playstation network exclusive down loadable game. I highly suggest you get this game if you can but if not then I’ve one other game to suggest to you that offeres a similiar experience to this called Okami. Okami is yet another visually appealing unique masterpiece that I suggest you buy now for your PLaystation 2 or nintendo wii.

Anyways, the game honestly speaks for itself and the reviewers are roaring praises for it like it’s Jesus born again. If you disagree with anything here or you feel that there’s more that needs to be said about this great game then please, entertain me with your comments. Peace!

Mediocre Micro$oft

Lionel’s back to close off the E3 Big 3 Report. So this is about two weeks late but as the saying goes better late than never. So continuing with The Infection’s analysis of what the big 3 did at E3 we close with Microsoft and the games that they showcased at the expo.

First I would like to hand out four awards:

The “It-wouldn’t-be-Microsoft-without-this-announcement” award: Halo: Reach. No really it would not have been a normal E3 for Microsoft without some form of Halo.

The “I-think-Microsoft-could-have-used-this-announcement” award: Fable 3, there were rumors swirling around that Lionhead Studios was going to put this out there but it looked like that was a no go. This would have definitely helped the lineup of exclusive software that Microsoft had at E3.

The “surprise announcement” award: To some gamers out there, Hideo Kojima bringing Metal Gear Solid to XBOX 360 was a shock (maybe it shouldn’t because he tried Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance on XBOX), but this time minus Solid Snake. Metal Gear Solid: Rising, under the new brand of Lightning Bolt Action (give me a minute while I puke out my previous meal from reading that), starring everyone’s favourite bishounen Raiden in his ninja outfit. Hideo Kojima is a genius, NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE CAN EVER DO THINGS LIKE HIM, and I never doubt his judgment but this time I really have to ask, why? You said Metal Gear Solid 4 could NOT fit on the Blu-Ray so….. Is this game going to be a quick money grab or is this going to be like a 10 disc epic marathon, remember this is also on the Playstation 3, so I will not pass judgment just yet, let us see what happens at TGS.

The “I-wish-I-could-kick-Microsoft’s-announcement-guy-in-the-balls” award: goes to the Final Fantasy XIII update, with the gist of the message being “we are Microsoft and we like being cockblockers to the rest of the gaming world so we payed off Square-Enix to delay the Playstation 3 version”

So, enough of me raging and on to my analysis of what Microsoft has for the near and not-so-close future:

Halo ODST → Unlike Custom Edition for the original Halo 1 this is going to be a real stand alone game, so Halo gamers rejoice. The price may be a little steep as noted at the conference; retailers have listed the game at the price a full game comes out at. This time there is no Master Chief so it will be interesting to see how this franchise sells without its franchise player. It’s Basically Halo 2 with snazzier graphics and some new maps and new modes.

Halo: Reach → As I said before this would have been bizarre if Microsoft came to E3 without its franchise player. There were some questions as to the type of game the new Halo would be and the answer was….. “Of course it’s an FPS.” So Halo purists nothing to worry about it is a shooter. Initial footage looked good, I myself have never gone deeply into the story, but it looks interesting to say the least.

Perfect Dark → You read that right, Perfect “I-wear-sexy-leather” Dark. Microsoft got the license for this game and is going to put it on XBOX Live Arcade.  I like this one as a gamer who played this on N64, back to the origins of First Person Shooters, except this time in 1080.

Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment → Konami is bringing back on old JRPG back from the dead. This one should be interesting to watch to say the least.

Forza Motorsport 3 → Sharper graphics, 400 new cars, some new tracks, and some newer mechanics to the gameplay; a definite plus to a good simulation racing game. I like this game for a racing simulator and the preview from E3 looked good.

Modern Warfare 2 → This last title may not be an exclusive but looks better than ever.

Basically in terms of software Microsoft delivered where it needed to, but I don’t feel that there is a real homerun hitter out of the set of games I talked about here. I guess we have to play wait-and-see with Microsoft until shows up next which is most likely GDC, because usually Microsoft is quiet at TGS.

Just a suggestion….

So this month our theme is high tech toys and trends here at The Infection but we figure that since you all know that we wont be focusing on this theme for long we would suggest a site for you guys to get some good and honest video game reviews.

Now we know that all of you out there are not gamers but even if you aren’t you should read a review first before going out to buy a video game. The problem with reviews on major sites is that they’re not down to earth and they’re aimed more towards hardcore gamers. Nothing against the hardcore gamers but the thing is…what about the people who want to know if the game is just fun?

Sadly there are barely any reviewers like that out there but now there is.  The Infection would like to present to you all,  Nemesis’ Video Game News and Reviews! . Poison is willing to stake his reputation on this man when he says that this is someone who knows what the hell he’s talking about when it comes to video games!  If you want to read a review that actually tells you if the game is good or not then here is the place to go! So if you wanna know more about anything we’ll be talking about this month concerning videogames then please feel free to direct your attention to Nemesis’ Video Game News and Reviews.

You, Me and Sony

Cronus here. I’m The Infection’s good word on anime, games, and technology in general. These are my strong points, and I tend to stick to them so you’ll probably read more of me this month than most others. I tend to ramble on the general points, but when it comes down to the specs, I cut ‘em down to size. Here’s the low down on the big news from this year’s Sony E3 Conference.

A name we've seen for decades.
A name we've seen for decades.

Sony’s pulling up with this year’s E3, boasting the company’s “10-Year Life Cycle” mind-set and enforcing the idea that the PS2 is still a big hit and is growing strong 9 years since its release. This in itself is a great message to gamers in that Sony is not pushing consumers towards picking and choosing new systems and to either of those “go big or go home” or “upgrade now” policies we’ve been seeing in many industries as of late. With the large fan base still purchasing and playing them, the public can be sure that the PS2 will continue to get games and units will still be made, as Sony puts it, “…as long as consumers see value in it.” Sony announced that nearly 100 titles will be released for the system within the next year, so the console is far from dead. Of course the real money makers of the show lie within the PS3, PSP, and Playstation Network titles that will make their way to our homes.

First off on our list is of course the “worst kept secret of E3”, the PSP GO. We’ll expand more on the system in a later post concerning advancements in technology, but the short and sweet of it is that it is a purely digital system that will sell alongside the PSP 3000 and UMD formats. This isn’t all that Sony had to reveal in terms of new technologies, but we’ll save that for our later “future tech” post along with more on the PSP GO.

Now cutting the crap, let’s have the short and sweet on the titles:

  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3): Naughty Dog has done it again. They’ve taken the PS3 and turned it into the ultimate Indiana Jones engine. The E3 demo shows gameplay of Nathan Drake hopping though decrepit buildings until ambushed by a military helicopter and several armed assailants. Jumping across walkways avoiding bullets, to taking cover and shooting down bad guys, this title has it all. Naughty Dog is boasting no load screen gameplay, but we’ll see if it delivers.
  • Gran Turismo PSP (PSP): First off understand that this isn’t some port or a ‘portable’ version of Gran Turismo. It’s a full scale Gran Tursimo iteration that’s been simply placed on the PSP system, powerful enough to be considered a full title on the PS2. Fans of GT, this is what you’ve been waiting for.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP): The legend lives. 10 years after the events of Snake Eater: comes Peace Walker: A full chapter of the Metal Gear Solid Series. In 1974, Big Boss is now pursuing the creating and implementation of his “paradise”, Outer Heaven. This “missing link” in the Metal Gear series is sure to bring an end to at least half of our MGS withdrawal symptoms. Definitely a must buy for any fans. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait till next year.
  • Agent (PS3): A new title coming out from Rockstar North, this game said to show the dark world of espionage in the same way Rockstar brought the world of crime to audiences in GTA. No looks into the game yet, but keep your eyes peeled.
  • Assassin’s Creed 2 (PS3): Imagine the original AC during the Italian renaissance with Leonardo Da Vinci inventing tools for you to use during assassinations as well as more techniques and various weapons ‘discarded’ by enemies being yours to use during battles. It will also have connection bonuses with the PSP title Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines. It looks sweet.
  • Final Fantasy XIII (PS3): More gameplay footage, and finally some story in English, E3’s look is simply the expected for the upcoming 2010 title, but more than that is something you’ve probably thought is ridiculous if you heard it, or will once you read it.
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Online (PS3): Yes, you read it right. 13’s not even out yet, but Square-Enix is hard at work making their new cash cow, FF14. Another MMO title designed to take over for its predecessor Final Fantasy XI, the title was first revealed this year at E3, so look forward to whatever pops up on it. That is, if the online game is your cup of tea.
  • Modnation Racers(PS3): Imagine a fully 3D LittleBigPlanet that was designed purely for crazy racing. That’s about it. It’s not much, but it looks a hell of a lot of fun.
  • The Last Guardian (PS3): I have no clue of what it’s about, but the final piece in the ICO/Shadow of the Colossus series looks gigantic and beautiful. Look for more in the coming months.
  • Gran Turismo 5 (PS3): It’s been years, but it’s almost here. No no, for real this time. Polyphony Digital’s long anticipated racing sim is back and looking better than ever. Prologue, the launch demo, can’t hold a candle to the real thing. The basic formula’s the same, so just go and look at the eye candy.
  • God of War III (PS3): No words are needed. Just watch the brutality of the PS2 and PSP’s legacy. Oh, and yes, it’s a demo.

Now please don’t hurt me, after all it sounds like a shameless plug, but I want to stress one thing that Sony made abundantly clear in their E3 conference. Every PS3 title mentioned here, along with the other PS3 exclusive titles that were previewed at the conference, are not merely exclusive to PS3, “It’s only possible on the PS3.” These trailers and gameplay demos have more than abundantly proven that to be the case. Sony’s gaming industry has a bright future ahead of it, and I’m certain it’ll keep me entertained.

To NintenDO or NintenDON’T

To kick off this month’s festivities here at The Infection, we feel that it’s only right to give you all a briefing on what is the annual E3 expo that has been a fueling factor towards this month’s selected theme.  E3 or the Electronic Entertainment Expo is a yearly convention where all of the computer and video game industry big shots gather to show off their new toys for the upcoming year. To illustrate the importance of this event to gamers all around the world- this is the equivalent of their new year, if the Chinese have Chinese new year then they can have E3.  During the course of this event that lasts three days, every major computer and video game nerd will be raging as the big shots make press releases and talk big about their toys. Here at The Infection we house many of those nerds, thus we’ve decided to talk about our picks from the barrel of this years big announcements beginning with Poison Apple and his picks from the Nintendo roster.

by: Poison Apple

Alright, first and foremost I stopped caring about anything  Nintendo had to offer me after I realized that all the fun and not so kids friendly games like Grand theft auto were never going to be on a Nintendo system.  Alas, Nintendo does still have a few titles that are good for kicks like the Smash Brothers series of games and once in a while they didn’t fail me, like when Resident Evil 4 came on on Gamecube. Sadly, we must cast aside their former glories as it is a new year in the gaming world meaning that they were once again up for judgment and possibility of redemption…

To begin, Nintendo’s press conference featured the three major titles everyone was waiting for from the familiar classic franchises of Mario, Zelda and Metroid.  On top of their returning classic hits they’ve got some new and interesting LOOKING games to boast about but in my experience with Nintendo  and with women I can tell you…looks are deceiving.

Anyways, so in this post of mine I’m going to take you all through my opinions on what Nintendo had to say at their press conference during the E3 event. If you want to see it for yourself then Nintendo has been nice enough to make footage of the conference available to the public via their E3 website. So here goes!

First up, were the big game announcements, including  brand new Mario brothers game. If you’ve never played a video game in your life then you wont know about Mario and his brother Luigi or how they starred in their own game once upon a time. To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of the Mario brothers games and the announcement of a new one doesn’t phase me at all. Now they were saying at the press conference that this new Mario brothers game offered more new and innovative gameplay than before but from what I saw it looked like the same shit with more people now and I’ll admit just a few new gimmicks. All in all, it’s the same old Mario brothers but re-wrapped and given a some new fresh toppings. I personally think that Nintendo could do better…alot better. The game is supposed to be available for the Wii and it’s going to be selling during the x-mas season so if you want it look out for it. Next, we got a brief glimpse of a couple other titles like Metroid: Other M, The Conduit and Super Mario Galaxy 2. All games that I can admit look like they’ll entertain me for a bit.

Second up,  is the new Wii fit or Wii fit plus…now those of you who know what Wii fit  is and enjoy using it then I say kudos to you all but personally I think it sucks. Like shit..if you want to work out then go and join a gym! Yes the gym can be embarrassing and more expensive but at the same time joining a gym is a good way to go and meet people and do things. Being social is very healthy and by creating games like Wii fit you’re not only helping people to stay in fit physically but you’re allowing them to seclude themselves from others and become more mentally unfit because they no longer get to communicate with others as much as before.  If you want to buy it anyways then I say to use it sparingly, like when you’re not able to go out, but try to hit the gym once in a while or go for a jog around the block every now and then instead of retreating to it.

Third up, was a hardware upgrade for the Wii. The Wii Motion Plus is an upgrade for the Nintendo Wiimote that will most likely be overpriced to death. In the press conference they showed a commercial that was supposed to make it look fly as fuck when its just an overpriced upgrade that the hope  nobody important will buy. What it does is enhance the Nintendo Wii wireless remote control experience by increasing the realism in the movements that you preform in games…or something to that desired effect. In all honesty, it looks like shit that wont fly for someone as broke and smart as myself but you can look it at yourself here. Another thing that irks me about this new technology is that Nintendo seems desperate to FORCE people into buying this new product by releasing games that can only be played with the Wii motion plus, like Red Steel 2. So even if I’ve made it quite clear that I don’t want to buy a shitty upgrade for the controller, I still will most likely have to get it. Hopefully a third party company makes one and the price will drop lower than ice age temperatures.

Fourth up, we got a long stream of crappy looking games. All of it was gimmicky and useless crap that they hope nobody important would buy.  Most of the games failed to even pique my interests as I will once again say that looks are decieving and Nintendo is a master of deception.  All in all, Nintendo’s press conference was full of shit and all they did was talk about how well they think they did in the past year along with increasing their user base to people who aren’t gamers, the ‘casual gamer’.

All in all, keep us entertained cause I know that Nintendo sure as hell won’t.

Poison Apple speaks about: Violence

It’s been a while since we last posted something under one of the original three themes of this blog that doesn’t have to do with the monthly theme. So today’s enriching conversation topic is violence and when is it just to use violence. Now , most people would say that it’s never just to use violence and violence is never the answer but I beg to differ.

Before I get into the subject I’m going to get it off the table here and say that i’m obviously not talking about violence in the name of self defence. Most people, the sensible kind anyways, would agree that if you are being attacked physically then you are in full right to defend yourself. The violence I want to justify is the kind where people make preemptive strikes.

First and foremost, I will say that violence is never the answer and it is only a result of people coming up with wrong answers.  You see, the thing about violence is that no matter what we do in life it will be an unavoidable fact of our lives and the people who believe that it can or will stop one day are only wishing for the highly improbable. Figiting is in our nature as humans, we are born and we will all fight for some reason in our lives. Some of us dont ever end up in a physical confrontation for our entire lives but thats in the rather rare and extreme case, the majority of us will end up having to fight at one time or another.  In most of the situations i’ve illustrated we’ll only be fighting in the sake of self defence but the question I must ask is, when is it right to strike first?

I believe that it is right to strike someone first when you know or feel that your life or someone else is in danger. I believe that is it right to strike someone first when they are the ones who have opened up the challenge and have made it clear that they are beyond reasoning with.

Now, some people believe that nobody that can be communicated with is beyond reasoning with and if we take the time to understand each other etc etc then we wont ever have to resort to violence. I have a message to those people- that’s bullshit. If you are an experienced fighter then you will know this as the truth of the world and if not then recognize it now. 

SOME PEOPLE ARE BEYOND REASONING WITH. This sounds ignorant but to me it’s the truth.  Nobody is beyond reasoning with to begin with but there comes a point where human ignorance over rules the ability to reason, this happens to all of us at some time. Now smarter people know that you can just walk away from it all and end it there but there are times where you can’t simply walk away. For the times where you can’t walk away and the person is nowhere near the line of reason anymore then I prescribe the use of violence. 

Another time where I would prescribe the use of violence is where one feels that they are being oppressed or pushed into a no win situation. This has been the reason for the start of many revolutions in history and no violence was not THE ANSWER but it was the result of the people in power coming to the WRONG ANSWERS. Non violent protesters like Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. have achieved so much through non violent protest but once again there are times where the people in power are beyond reason and that is when one must resort to the use of force.

Anyways…there’s more I could say about the issue as I’m writing this and debating it in my mind but I’m going to leave it at that for now. Entertain me with your thoughts people.